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A Timeline of Ancient Literature

by Piero Scaruffi
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Ages/ Ere: I: - 753 BC II: 753 BC - 800 III: 800 - 1492 IV: 1492 - 1789 V: 1789 - 1969 VI: 1969 -

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"Memphite Drama" (3,000 BC, Egypt) [t]
"The Flood" (Sumer, 25## BC)
"Maxims of Ptahhotep" (25## BC, Egypt) [h]
"Song of the Harp Player" (2100 BC, Egypt) [h]
"Dialogue of a Misanthrope and his Soul" (20## BC, Egypt) [h]
Khekheperre-sonbu: "The Admonitions" (18## BC, Egypt) [h]
"The Shipwrecked Sailor" (1990 BC, Egypt)
"The Adventures of Sinuhe" (1875 BC, Egypt) ++
"The Plea of the Eloquent Peasant" (1875 BC, Egypt)
"Abydos Passion Play" (1849 BC, Egypt) [t]
Ipuwer: "The Admonitions" (1780 BC, Egypt) [h]
"The Disappeared God" (Hittite, 16## BC)
"Kumarbi-ullikummi" (Hittite, 16## BC)
"The Dragon Illujanka" (Hittite, 16## BC)
"Book Of The Dead" (15## BC, Egypt) [p]
"Tale of Aghat" (14## BC, Ugarit)
"Baal & Anat" (Ugarit, 14## BC)
Amenemope (Egypt, 13## BC): "The Wisdom" (1290 BC)
"Gilgamesh" (12## BC, Babylon) ++
"Enuma Elish" (Babylon, 11## BC)
"Atrakhasis" (Babylon, 10## BC)
Homer (Greece, 9## BC): "Ilias/Iliad" (9## BC, Greece) [p] ++
Homer (Greece, 9## BC): "Odyssey" (85# BC, Greece) [p] +++
Hesiod (Greece, ###): "Battle Of The Gods" (850 BC)
"Descent of Ishtar to the Underground World" (Babylon, 700 BC)
Archilochus (Greece, 650 BC): "###"
Sappho (Greece, 612 BC): "###" [p]
Pindar (Greece, 518 BC): "###" [p]
Aeschylus (527 BC, Greece): "###" [t]
Sophocles (497 BC, Greece): "###" [t]
Euripedes (485 BC, Greece): "###" [t]
Aristofane (445 BC, Greece): "###" [t]
Callimaco (Greece, ###): "###"
Menander (Greece): "Comedies" (324 BC) [t]
Plauto (259 BC, Rome): "###" [t]
Lucretius (99 BC, Rome): "###" () [h] +
Catullus (87 BC, Rome): "###" () [p] ++
Virgil (70BC, Rome): "Eneide" (40 BC) [p] ++
Tacitus (55 BC, Rome): "###" [h]
Gaius Petronius (27 AD, Rome): "Satyricon" (61 AD) +
Horatius (65BC, Rome): "Odes" [p] +
Ovidius (43BC, Rome): "Satires" [p]
Marcus Valerius Martialis (Rome): Epigrams (103 AD)
Decimus Iunius Iuvenalis (Rome): Satires (1## AD)
Taliesin (600, Welsh): "###"
Aneirin (600, Welsh): "###"
"Egill Skallagrimsson" (Scandinavia, 910)
"Manas" (Kyrgyzstan, 995)
"Alpamish" (Uzbekistan, 999)
Yusup Has Hayib (Uygur, 11th c): "Wisdom of Royal Glory" [p]
Yusuf Balasaghun (Uygur, 10##): "Qutadghu Bilig/ The Wisdom of Royal Glory" (1069)
Milarepa (Tibet, 1052): "" [p]
"Gesar" (Tibet, 11th c) [p]
Kozha Akhmed Yasaui (Kazakhstan, 1103): "" [p]
"Edda" (Scandinavia, 1100)
"Bharata Yuddha" (1150, ### (Java?)
Alisher Navoy (1441, Uzbek)
"Popol Vuh" (1450, Maya)
Jan Kochanowski (1530): "###"
"Vorvong e Saurirong" (1600, ### (Korea?)
Hamzah Fansuri: "###", ### (Malaysia?), 1600
"Hikayat Hang Tuah" (Malaysia, 1650)
Maharachakhru: "###", ### (Malaysia?), 1650
Nguyen Huy Tu (1750, Vietnam): "###"
Nguyen Du (1750, Vietnam): "###"
Nguyen Dinh Chieu (1750, Vietnam): "###"


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